Adopting a child for any family can be a prolonged and difficult decision to make. Prospective parents must take emotional as well as financial factors into consideration. Thankfully for service members, the Department of Defense offers some monetary benefits when adopting children from state or local agencies.
Reimbursement and Other Benefits
Families can receive up to $2,000 reimbursement of expenses for a single child or $5,000 per year. The military could also possibly provide a $1,000 monthly stipend for children adopted with special needs. Once the adoption of a child with special needs is finalized, military members should enroll in the Exceptional Family Member Program. This program matches families with the appropriate military locations that have the proper resources for special needs children.
Parents are usually paid after adoption is complete. In addition to the above stipends mentioned, families can also be repaid for agency fees, legal fees, placement fees and medical expenses.
Once the adopted child is placed in the new parents’ home, service members can receive military medical coverage for their child.
To receive the benefits, service members will need to submit a request for reimbursement—the DD form 2675, according to DoD. This must be done within a year of the finalized adoption. Be sure to keep record of when the form was submitted.
If deployment or some other circumstance prevents one from meeting the one-year deadline, a letter of explanation should be submitted along with the application.
Other documentation that must be submitted with the DD form 2675 includes:
Copy of the adoption certificate or court order granting the adoption.
- Receipts or canceled checks of expenses one would like to be reimbursed.
- For children adopted outside of the U.S., members will need to submit proof of the child’s obtained U.S. citizenship.
- The location, contact information and a letter from the adoption agency involved with the placement of the child.
The thorough procedure is worth the effort. Families who adopt feel a sense of satisfaction for adding a new addition to the home while at the same time providing a loving environment for a child at a disadvantage.
If you feel overwhelmed with the process and paperwork, local adoption agencies and the DoD have programs in place to help. Take a few minutes and browse this page for more Military Adoption information.
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